February 17, 2019

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Parks and Recreation

Elusive Indian Copper Mine still guards its treasure

“The Stony Man and Dark Hollow mines are near trails and findable still,” the author noted in 1988. “Several similar mines outside the park boundary . . . might also be found with determined effort. I’m not sure anybody now could find the Mount Marshall Mine that’s inside the park, but it was on the 6,666-acre John J. Miller tract in Rappahannock County in 1907. […]


Saluting Rappahannock Black History Month

Newman Nighton Gibson was born in Peola Mills, Rappahannock County, on May 10, 1897, to Lee Brown and Harriet Gibson. He began farming at age 12. In 1917, he was a member of Company K, 370th Infantry, in the First World War, where when fighting alongside the French in trench warfare he and his fellow soldiers were gassed. […]

Sperryville Column

Sperryville column: So at home in Woodville

Which leads me to why so many folks in Rappahannock know both Kathy and Larry Grove. They are the quintessential volunteers, folks who emulate all that is good in the county, all that is about giving back, and giving back is something they both do exceedingly well. […]


Being prepared for the real world

I do agree with the writer, there’s always room for improvement. It takes not only the academic staff but the families of each student working together to become successful. Most high school graduates find out the real world couldn’t care less about their feelings. Productivity and accountability are the key requirements in succeeding or keeping one’s job. In conclusion, the writer of the letter to the editor must have been listening in English class. Well done. […]


‘Staggering admission’ by Virginia’s governor

To the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially those here in Rappahannock County, the people whom we cheerfully serve with works of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism, let it be known — We stand with Bishop Burbidge and all our brother Knights of Columbus in opposing the substance of Delegate Tran’s bill HB2491. […]

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Gov. Northam

The racial discord so embedded in Virginia culture, on display a year ago in Charlottesville in the riots triggered by a few Confederate monuments, was only the tip of the iceberg. These yearbook photos reveal how deep and how far back such ugliness has existed in our Commonwealth. […]

Letters to the Editor

The rest of the story

In this day and age of self-centeredness, their good work stands out and I wanted to share this with you in the hope that you could bring this aspect of the Cappialis to light. I think, with a complete picture, people might see them in a new and different light and perhaps not be so quick to condemn them. […]

Letters to the Editor

Three Smiths say thanks

Thank you, Rappahannock News, for the very nice article about The Smith Sisters written by Veronika Benson. It prompted a full audience at Nancy and Dick Raines’ lovely Little Washington Theatre this past Saturday. And a big thank you to all of our Rappahannock friends that took time out of their busy Groundhog Day schedule to join us! […]

Letters to the Editor

The stigma of mental illness

I am certain the writer means because we have been trained to “promote that stigma.” History has offered us several examples of such promotions, the most graphic was in WWII Germany: “Due to the stigma” millions of Jews were murdered. Millions of people accepted that lesson, millions acted upon it. […]

Letters to the Editor

Just the facts, please!

The BOS sought and received a letter of opinion from the Commonwealth Attorney attesting the vote was lawful and did not constitute a conflict of interest. Why Supervisor Lesinski was the only BOS member sued for supporting additional funding only underscores the frivolous nature of these allegations. All of us should respect one of the bedrock principles of our legal system — innocent until proven guilty. […]


The tail that wags the dog

During the past week Demaris and I have received several comments from patrons of the 22747 ZIP Code. Some were positive; some were negative; all were informative. I was dismayed, however, that few making critical comments had actually read my letter to the editor in last week’s Rappahannock News, where I laid out my reasoning why the Postal Service’s decision to locate the new post office on Bank Road is the best of the alternatives. […]


The night John Fitzhugh was hanged in Rappahannock County

State legislators pass resolutions regretting Virginia lynchings. Outlining a “dark and shameful chapter of American history,” state legislators in Richmond this week unanimously passed resolutions to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where 104 mostly African American men were murdered by mobs between 1877 and the 1930s. […]


Professionals among them

Twelve members of the Capital Wind Symphony joined the Rappahannock County High School and Elementary School Bands last Saturday for two rehearsal sessions, thanks partly to the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra’s Music Mentor Program and RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund. […]

School/Education News

School news for Feb. 14

The RCES gym was filled with lots of cheering, dancing, and (of course) RUNNING during the Boosterthon Fun Run;
Several RCHS students attended the Night to Shine event at Open Door Baptist Church in Culpeper; and Wakefield CDS community celebrated customs and cultures from a sampling of countries around the world at their International Day fair. […]

Rappahannock Weather

Today is forecast to be Much Cooler than yesterday. Snow changing to rain.
Sunday 40%
High 41° / Low 34°
Some snow showers possible early with any snow changing to a few showers later. High 41F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Mostly Cloudy
Monday 10%
High 48° / Low 25°
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy. High 48F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

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Local Events This Week

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  • Pellegatta's Word Poetry

    February 17, 2019  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Quièvremont Winery, 162 Gidbrown Hollow Rd #335, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Bel Canto Vocal Ensemble Concert

    February 17, 2019  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    214 E Church St, Orange, VA 22960, USA
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  • A Ukulele Group for Rappahanock

    February 19, 2019  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Road, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Scholastic Bowl Fundraiser

    February 19, 2019  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rappahannock County High School, 12576 Lee Hwy, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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